Faces from The Neighborhood

Project History

I started writing Faces from the Neighborhood back in 2013, almost on a whim. While selling real estate, I was looking for a way to connect with the community and meet more people. So I started this journey of interviewing local independent business owners and sharing their stories. Little did I know how it would change my life.

As I started to write the stories and connect with the people I interviewed, I started to fall in love with Portland all over again. I also found something inside me I didn’t know I had. I’m a story teller. I love taking what I’ve learned about someone, and then connecting it to the deeper meaning of what they’re done. Then, I get to put that in writing to share their story with the world.

Now, I can’t imagine not writing this blog and meeting the people who participate. Faces from the Neighborhood really encompasses a lot of who I am. It reflects my personality, my style and my skills. Plus, it’s an opus of sorts to Portland, the city I’m so proud to call home.

About the Redesign

Last fall, I set out to move my blog, Faces from the Neighborhood, over to WordPress from Blogger. I wanted to not only have more functionality available, but I also wanted the site to reflect my style and personality. The hardest part, I think, was settling on a theme. After weeks of searching, I settled on X Theme – Ethos Stack. X Theme provided me with all kinds of styling flexibility and options, along with a drag and drop page builder. In fact, I could have built almost any type of site with X Theme. (Of course, now I’d choose either Generate Press or OceanWP plus Elementor Pro, but that’s another story.)

Instead of using a theme template or demo content, I started with a blank slate. With a vision of the site’s new style in mind, I went to work setting up each page. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun! While it took some time to build out, I think my effort was worthwhile. I believe the site has the clean, professional magazine look I aimed for.



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